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CWHBA Inspections: Mare & Stallion

The inspection evaluations are an important tool in the CWHBA efforts to meet their breeding aim to produce a well bred Warmblood horse suitable for Olympic and related Equestrian sports. The Application for Stud Book Entry and Evaluation are on one tri-part form. You must be a current Annual Member of CWHBA.

The following inspection criteria apply:

  1. Breed & Sex Type
  2. Quality of Conformation *
  3. Correctness of Gaits
  4. Swing & Elasticity of Gaits
  5. Walk
  6. General Impression & Development
  7. Jumping - long format only / stallions and mares (will be scored for both scope and technique; then the score is averaged)
  8. Gallop - long format only / stallions and mares
*Conformation (# 2) - is calculated as an average of sub-scores for head, neck, saddle position, frame, forelegs & hindlegs. The average, will be carried over to the main category.

Scoring System:
Each category is judged on a point system out of 10:

10 excellent
9 very good 
8 good
7 fairly good
6 satisfactory
5 sufficient
4 insufficient
3 rather bad
2 bad
1 very bad

For mares: - the overall assessment is reached by adding all the categories (1 - 6) and dividing by 6.
For long format / stallions and mares: - the overall assessment is reached by adding all the categories (1 - 8) and dividing by 8.

Stallion Inspections:

All stallions to be bred must be entered in the Stallion division of the Studbook. Consistent with international selection procedures, approval includes: pedigree requirements, conformation inspection, approved stallion performance testing.

Eligible stallions include:

  1. All tested stallions of recognized Warmblood breeding.
  2. CWHBA registered, licensed & tested stallions.
  3. A limited number of stallions having desirable pedigree or performance records, i.e. racing Thoroughbreds.
  4. Warmblood stallions which have significant results in sport competition.
    The CWHBA has a two step approval system involving conformation and performance.

STEP ONE: CWHBA Stallion Licensing inspection

  • Eligible stallions are examined at 2.5 years and older in hand on a triangle and free in an arena with a jumping chute.
  • Specific requirements for the Jumping Chute can be found HERE, including a diagram and distances.
  • PDF of this article - revised April 1, 2008
  • Criteria for Licensing are listed as links below.
  • A DNA profile must be supplied; If no DNA profile is available, attach DNA Application and fee + GST/HST with hair sample

    - To be licensed a stallion must reach at least 7 points overall and no less than 5 points in any individual category. A license is valid for 2 years.
    - ** Within 2 years the stallion must then complete the 2nd phase, which is the performance aspect of the approval.
    - If, for any reason, a stallion is not able to complete the performance aspect of the approval process within the time alloted, the owner must apply in writing to the Stud Book Committee prior to the October 30th verification date and will be required to pay a fee (as prescribed by the association) to extend his license.

STEP TWO: Performance Requirements
The performance requirements are defined in the Stud Book Regulations as follows:
"d) which fulfill one of the following performance requirements;

1. Have a total result of not less than 70 index in the test for suitability as a riding horse at a testing establishment for stallion performance which has been sanctioned by the Board.

2. or have been placed in the first three (3)

  • five times in Intermediaire dressage competition, or,
  • five times in National Open Jumper competition (1.35m level or above), or,
  • three times in the first ten in (CCI**) Concour Complete International Two Star competition, or,
  • have won three Open Hunter Championships, at class 1 (Gold or above) shows."

For Approved Riding Horse Tests please contact the Office. CWHBA hosts their own Short Test.

Stallion owners who intend to pursue sport requirements must advise the Stud Book committee of their intention in writing, and apply annually prior to the October 30th verification date, including with that application complete competition results and training program in order for the stallion license to be renewed each year after the initial two year licensing period.
This is on a case by case basis and will require payment of an annual fee (as prescribed by the association) to extend the license.

Special Cases:
Stallions which may not have had the opportunity to meet the performance requirements, due to age or injury, may be approved under a special provision:
"b) may be approved by examination of the conformation and or competition success of 15 or more of their progeny.
If it is ascertained by the Judging Commission for Stallions that the progeny are a significant improvement over their dams and that they demonstrate significant competition success to be of breeding merit, then the stallion may be approved by the Stud Book Committee...... "
*** Reactivation of this clause was approved with the 1999 Constitutional amendments and is in effect with the revised By-Laws.

Important Notes:

Updated: 2 January 2019

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